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Dr. STEPHEN PERRY

Dentistry
Boulder, CO
49 years experience male

Locations

Office

Boulder, CO

Address

2525 28th Street, Boulder, CO
Directions

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Insurances accepted

UnitedHealthcare

UNICARE

Prudential Insurance Company of America

Principal Financial Group

Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company

Metlife Insurance Company of Connecticut

Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Great-West Healthcare

Dentegra

Dental Benefit Providers, Inc

Connecticut General Life Insurance Company

Cigna

About

Bio

Practice is oriented toward systemic health through thoughtful use of the mouth. I am an Oral Physician first and Surgeon secondly. What you place into your mouth is as important as the teeth and gums health. Practice philosophy is "prevention always in all ways". Therefore our evaluation includes understanding patient's goals for oral/systemic health, general health assessment, health and dental history, medications and supplement intake, hydration habits, sleep/snore review, diet interview including body mass index, skin profile, lip review, saliva and taste bud testing, oral cancer scan, mucous membrane scan, mandibular movement review, swallowing pattern, tongue motion analysis, salivary gland output test, chewing pattern and occlusion review, oral hygiene pattern, periodontal screen score, camera and digital xray imaging, laser analysis of virgin enamel, review of existing fillings and caries risk assessment. When necessary bacterial DNA profiling for specific pathogens, mounted study models for occlusal relationships, brush biopsy, saliva buffering testing, saliva pH monitoring, dietary counseling, remineralization tray therapy and other problem specific testing. When we

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Dentistry

Doctor Q&A

55 Answers
5 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Less than normal: Demineralization of enamel and dentin occurs from the accumulation of acid, either from bacterial concentration under plaque or chronically acidic sa... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
No best and no: Resins used to make dentures are very generic as to materials very little in composition. It is sad that dentists try to use the material in the dent... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Depends: Decay advances because bacteria are given a food source that allows rapid reproducing, excretion of demineralizing acids often insulated from neutra... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Poorly: A filling by definition is a "contained" material. It fills a hole. Replacing enamel on chipped edges places bonded composite at risk of separation ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Good with practice: Nobody teaches a newborn how to swallow. Many combinations are possible, depending on the shape of the nipple used in feeding them when firstborn. T... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Depends: The most common use of tooth contouring is to correct the length of the front teeth, particularly the canines. Orthodontists frequently reduce the wi... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Good question: Great dentists don't go bad. 50% of crowns fail within 10 years, decay around the crown is a common reason. The decay is caused bacteria that multipl... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Many ways: Be certain there well-nourished and in stable health before the procedure. Informed the surgeon of all medications being taken orally. After surgery ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Quickly see dentist: Pain in your gums, particularly in the presence of bleeding is a serious symptom. Many people ignore it too long and end up with systemic blood vesse... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Shadows/bright spots: Dental x-rays show contrast in the density of calcified human tissues. Where dentist placed treatments are present, they often appear as bright spots... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
No and maybe yes: Bone grafts facilitate the healing of the bone tree height that allows implants replaced later time. If a bridge is to be used, the graft can make th... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Not a common term: Dental implants need hygiene, just like teeth. Brushing and flossing, and even proxy brush around them stimulates the tissue, as well as eliminate ba... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Six weeks: Removing a tooth, especially a molar is a big deal. It leaves a surface wound the size of half a dollar bill, that can become infected if food is pre... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
No, need more info: "canker sores" is a loose label for open mouth sores. The causes for wounds that are ulcerated are many. Herpes simplex is a viral form, bacterial inf... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Speak up, seek help: I know as a health professional that everyone is fearful of a dental procedure. It is a mini waterboarding experience. It is an issue of control and s... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Yes: "sweet tooth" is a misnomer for diet that needs less refined sugars and more complex carbohydrates to prolong release of sugars over a long time. Thi... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
On some x-rays: Periapical or bitewings x-rays of the back teeth would not be affected or of the lower front teeth. But the upper front teeth due to angulation of the... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Not useful: Food cravings in a person with healthy taste buds should be respected and satiated with small servings. Your body is telling you what nourishment it ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Tooth replacement: In the 1920s actresses were encouraged to have their molars removed to create a sunken face affect. Thankfully it no longer happens. Missing back te... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Pink and stippled: The simple answer is coral pink in color and stippled with texture, indicating no inflammation or fluid retention. Healthy gums are extremely importa... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Inert metal, resin: Partial dentures are combination of nickel, cobalt molybdenum alloy for the metal and a polymer, monomer resin that is heat polymerized under pressure... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Not at this time: Medicaid currently provides no dental care unless a physician refers the patient for these procedures because the patient has a systemic illness that ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Of the teeth, simple: Enamel of a tooth, is a complex set of enamel rods, much like a handful of spaghetti packed tightly together with the ends pointing out to the oral en... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Several things: First keep the extraction site clean to allow complete healing to cover the roots of the adjacent teeth. Exposed roots can be treated with a Fluoride... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Absolutely: Gold is an excellent conductor of thermal changes induced by cold or hot fluids/foods. If it responds to room temperature, it could be more serious. ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Better in children: If the palate shape and placement of the upper front teeth are correct, speech therapists can teach the brain to move the tongue to create clear sound... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Need more info: Jaw pain can be from an infected tooth or a tooth under trauma from the bite. If you're jaw hurts in a specific location around the tooth a general p... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Be concerned : When enamel has been lost and becomes very thin the underlying yellow orange dentin is no longer masked by this translucent enamel. It appears transp... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Another dentist: Popping of of the jaw joint is a sign of problems if it occurs before you can open to allow three of your fingers in stack into your mouth. It means ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Yes, partially: Pink is the right color rather than bright red or magenta. The critical area is often the gums between the teeth that are called papillae. Pink here... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Be powerful: Is your smile so take responsibility for it in always. Amalgam should not be placed is there a better materials available. Gold is also being replace... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Very likely: Those symptoms are in fact characteristic of a advanced decay resulting in inflammation of the central tissue of the tooth from bacterial invasion to ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
You need help: Gum pain and swelling is a serious symptom, particularly if bleeding is present. Bacteria have created infection that leads to open wounds that if yo... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Bad oral habit: Gum chewing is not about the gum or its sweetness. It is about manifesting a compulsive behaviors through the mouth. Seek a consultation with a ther... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Boost immune system: "canker sores" are a loose name for open mouth wounds. The recurring open sores are commonly herpes simplex viral lesions. They are reoccurring when ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Multiple levels: Sedation dental procedures starts with understanding the level of anxiety that the patient presents with. The fight or flight syndrome cannot be dism... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Soon afterwards: It depends on the extent of the tissue removal. Usually you need to stay on liquids then soft diet for a 4-5 day period. Any wound would fare poorly... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Zinc oxide paste: Not all gingivoplasty cases need dressing. Those done with lasers and no flap involvement do not requires sutures or packing to protect the wound fro... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Seek laser clinician: After years of using a scalpel for this procedure, I have found that the new fda approved soft tissue lasers, especially those with lens technology, ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Kind of similar: A gingivoplasty intends to reshape the gums around the teeth, creating a more cosmetic or cleanable situation in the mouth. A good example is when ve... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
It depends on extent: A gingivoplasty intends to alter the current look of the gums. I am unaware of any procedure that can overcome general gum recession by lowering gum ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
No: Exposure to the toxins in chewing tobacco when very prolonged create the greatest exposure to oral cancer. Have your teeth cleaned frequently and requ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Talk to surgeon: Please talk to your surgeon as to the time and pathway to recovery. Besides the surgical healing, there is commonly physical therapy that needs to be... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
No best and no: Resins used to make dentures are very generic as to materials very little in composition. It is sad that dentists try to use the material in the dent... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Good things: Posts are placed in root canal treated teeth to strengthen them so a fracture does not occur at the gum line at a later time. Posts are commonly cove... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Beautiful solutions: When enamel has been lost and becomes very thin the underlying yellow orange dentin is no longer masked by this translucent enamel. It appears transp... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
This is unusual: I am going to take a stab at what you mean. Horace fletcher, a traveling speaker in the early 1900s advocated chewing your food 20 to 30 times before... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
No way: Sugar occurs in simple and complex forms. Simple sugars like glucose, sucrose and fructose are like rocket fuel to the bacteria that make a cavity in... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
Beautiful solutions: When enamel has been lost and becomes very thin the underlying yellow orange dentin is no longer masked by this translucent enamel. It appears transp... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 49 years experience
No guidelines: The ada does not publish guidelines for this procedure. It's billing code is called odontoplasty. Is commonly done by dentist to improve function an... Read More

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Apr 6, 2015
Great doctor. Consistently gives thoughtful, insightful and expert advice.
HealthTap member
Dec 12, 2012
Dr. Perry is committed to finding the underlying cause of dental disease and treating it at the source. He is known for treating complicated cases with success.
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. PERRY is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern dental School
Graduated 1973MD

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

Dental Health Colorado Network, American Dental Association, American Academy of Oral Systemic Health
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